Eat the Damned Food

Tenzing and Fork

I leaned to my right and whispered into Tenzing’s ear so that no one else could hear. My secret message was soon shared with everyone at the table, if not everyone in the restaurant.

“Mimi,” said Tenzing, referring to my mother, “Markie said I should eat the damned food. Do you think I should eat the damned food? I’m not sure I want to eat any more of the damned food.”

My mother glared at me; and I was somewhat relieved that my sister, Zing’s mother, wasn’t with us at dinner. Everyone else gave me an incredulous stare.

“Zing, Shhhh!” I attempted. “You’re going to get me in trouble. Then I won’t be able to whisper anymore funny things to you.”

“Oh no, Markie,” he retorted without hesitation. “I’m not getting you in trouble. You got yourself in trouble. You were the one who told me to ‘Eat the damned food’. I didn’t say, ‘Eat the damned food’. You said, ‘Eat the damned food’. Isn’t that right, Mimi? Markie said, ‘Eat the damned food’.”

My mother tried hard to agree with Tenzing without giggling.

“I’m sorry, Markie,” he concluded, “I just can’t help you get out of this one.”


7 Responses to “Eat the Damned Food”

  1. 1 Donna 22 April 2008 at 7:29 pm

    I think he may have your number as well as some of your genetic material.

  2. 2 Tanmoy 22 April 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Hi, I found your writings quite impressive and at times insightful.

    Whenever you have time, do drop into my personal blog. It shall be a pleasure.


  3. 3 viral 23 April 2008 at 10:42 am


    and great animated pic!


  4. 4 Trishna 24 April 2008 at 1:08 am

    Don’t you just love the innocence of children! :)

    Hope you both are well — come visit us in London soon!

  5. 6 Hilary 25 April 2008 at 5:06 am

    I can’t say I do not relate to you saying this while having a meal with Kebe (or anyone around his age for that matter). I never said it out loud though, but still. Eating can take an eternity with little ones who get distracted so easily. Kebe’s response is so hilarious. I bet he was loving “setting you right”. I think I would have had to run to the restroom to laugh hysterically. I love the story.

  6. 7 Nicola 12 September 2010 at 6:54 pm

    this is uhmm…interesting?
    i think?

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